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Unai Emery slams Arsenal board and reveals how Aaron Ramsey injury led to sacking

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 May 2020 11:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link143Shares Emery wanted more support from Arsenal chiefs Raul Sanllehi, left, and Edu, right (Picture: Getty)Emery faced enormous criticism for Arsenal’s poor end to the 2018/19 season and that continued the following campaign, and he feels he was not given the public backing he needed.He added: ‘At every club, I’ve been protected: Lorca, Almería, Valencia, PSG. At Sevilla I had Monchi. At PSG Nasser al-Khelaifi protected me in the dressing room and publicly.‘At Arsenal they weren’t able to, maybe because they came from Arsene Wenger, who did everything. They’d say: “We’re with you” but in front of fans and the dressing room they couldn’t protect me. Truth is, I felt alone.’MORE: Unai Emery did not want Arsenal to sign Nicolas Pepe and held talks with Wilfried Zaha insteadMORE: Cesc Fabregas reveals he upset Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu in very first training sessionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Spaniard feels there were plenty of issues beyond his control that led to his exit (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he felt ‘alone’ and exposed by the club’s hierarchy before his dismissal and insists things could have been different but for Aaron Ramsey’s injury.The Spaniard was sacked at the very end of November after just 18 months in charge at the Emirates, with the club closer to the relegation zone than the top four when he was given his marching orders.Emery had enjoyed a promising first season, reaching the Europa League final and narrowly missing out on the top four, but things quickly unravelled. Comment Injury brought a premature end to Ramsey’s time at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)He feels Ramsey’s hamstring injury – which ruled him out of the final four league matches, of which Arsenal only won one – was crucial to his ultimate sacking and felt the Welshman’s move to Juventus left a massive hole in the squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘[At first] things went magnificently; there was a good spirit in the dressing room,’ Emery told The Guardian.‘Ramsey’s injury, when he was at his best, had a big influence: he conveyed positivity, so much energy. And playing a lot of important games in April without him, we needed 100% commitment from every player.’He continued: ‘But some players had a mentality that says one day “yes”, one day “no”, when in football it has to be “yes, yes, yes” every day. We lacked that little extra to get through a lot of games in those final weeks. If your application and commitment falls below 100%, you can lose, and that’s what happened.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery continued: ‘I told the people running the club. And then there were decisions that didn’t go well. Mistakes were made, and as coach I take responsibility for mine. For example, all four captains left.‘Ramsey had decided he was going. It would have been better for the team if he had continued, and for me. Petr Cech was retiring; fine. But I wanted Laurent Koscielny to stay, Nacho Monreal to stay. All those leaders went, which makes the dressing room something else.’center_img Unai Emery takes swipe at Arsenal board and claims Aaron Ramsey’s injury led to his departure Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Scandinavian investor seeks multi-asset, systematic manager via IPE Quest

first_imgA Scandinavian investor has tendered a “multi-asset style/risk premia” mandate via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2314, the investor is looking to invest €50m in global, systematic strategies.Compliance with European UCITS fund rules is a key requirement.The benchmark is cash plus a “naive premium”. Interested parties do not have to be of a minimum size to apply, and the investor is also not requiring interested parties to have a minimum level of assets under management for the asset class in question.A minimum track record of three years is preferred. There is no minimum or maximum tracking error.They should state performance gross of fees to 31 March 2017.The closing date is 22 May.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email read more

It’s walkies down the aisle as Edinburgh dogs wed

first_imgEdinburgh News 10 February 2014IT might seem a barking idea but this Edinburgh couple hope to lead the way in a new craze – pet weddings.Bride and groomed Terri and Terrance took a walk down the aisle in a canine wedding in one of the most romantic wedding venues in Scotland.The terriers, who both hail from the Capital, were wed at a lochside ceremony at The Four Seasons Hotel in St Fillans, Perthshire.Waiting for Terri at the altar were bridesmaids Lana the Dalmation and Goldie, the matron of honour.Guests included the bride’s grandfather Sir Rumpole and the groom’s elderly grandmother, spaniel Lady Purdey – who was dressed for the occasion in colourful red wellies and an on-trend grey felt hat.After the dogs exchanged bows, they enjoyed a wedding breakfast of gourmet pet treats while their owners raised a toast. read more

Sunderland squad offer fans refund

first_img More than 2,500 fans who made the long trip to the south coast on Saturday will be able to claim back the £24 cost of admission, or have the sum donated to city-based children’s hospice Grace House instead. Skipper John O’Shea said: “We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans. However we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle.” Sunderland’s shell-shocked players have offered to refund the cost of supporters’ tickets for their 8-0 Barclays Premier League humiliation at Southampton. Keeper Vito Mannone suggested the idea immediately after the horror show, which saw him picking the ball out of his net on eight occasions – with his own team-mates responsible for two of the goals. The offer will cost the players in excess of £60,000. Fans have until 5pm on Wednesday, November 5 to submit a claim by returning their match ticket either in person at the Stadium of Light ticket office or by post to SAFC (Refunds), PO Box 165, Sunderland SR5 1WF, enclosing their name, address and customer number. Any funds which are not claimed by the deadline will go to Grace House, which provides respite, palliative and end of life care for children and young people throughout the north-east who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Di Matteo in the frame – report

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo is now a leading contender for the Chelsea manager’s job, according to the Daily Mail.Could Di Matteo yet land the Chelsea job this summer?The paper suggest that club owner Roman Abramovich is considering giving him the role on a full-time basis at the end of the season.Meanwhile, Salomon Kalou says he was frozen out by former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas because he did not sign a new contract.AdChoices广告Kalou, whose current deal expires at the end of the season, said: “I was told by the previous manager that I was not allowed to play because I didn’t sign a contract.“Maybe he was building a new team and thinking I wasn’t part of the future. That was a really big frustration and it has been a difficult season for me not being involved.”Adel Taarabt has blasted his QPR team-mates for their poor discipline, according to The Sun.Picking up on recent comments made by Taarabt, it is suggested that he has told Clint Hill, Armand Traore, Joey Barton and Samba Diakite – who have all been sent off this season – that they have cost Rangers points in their battle to stay up.“We have performed well at home but lost so many points because of red cards,” he said.“We’ve lost so many games, like Norwich and Wolves. We should have won those games but with 10 men it’s difficult.”The Sun also report that striker Pavel Pogrebnyak is keen to extend his stay at Fulham despite interest from Aston Villa.The Russian, whose short-term deal expires at the end of the season, said: “I need a coach like [Martin] Jol and would love to stay in England and continue to work with him.”And after Bobby Zamora’s agent told West London Sport the striker is not looking for a move away from QPR, the Daily Mail say the player will not be rejoining West Ham, who were apparently keen to sign him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Arsenal Story and Why the EPL Should be a Worry…

first_imgLook people, it is no secret that the quality levels in our local sports desperately need lifting, but the panacea can never be to shun them and spend on foreign sports. In fact shouldn’t the business brains managing our biggest brands be at the forefront of any movement to clean up local sports? Shouldn’t they be the ones who best understand the consequences of our disposable income disappearing into economies overseas? Are their businesses not suffering today, are some not retrenching staff, halving salaries or not paying at all, are some not shutting down?If we won’t raise ourselves who would? It has been a South African company Supersport spending billions on Nigerian sports while our own businesses have been too sexy for their shoes. What is it that global business leaders like Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Bill Gates, GE’s Jeff Immelt are seeing in us that makes them want a piece of what we have, that our business leaders are blind to.We are the most populous nation in Africa, we are rich in mineral resources, we have great topography, we have talents, we are fine sports people; we have everything but the mindset to see how our individual actions mess up the whole. Given our many strengths, if we get our sports right, rather than money leaving our shores, foreign investments would come in. Global sports giants like Adidas, Nike, Puma would sponsor our teams and sports directly rather than pay millions of pounds to the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea to cover the Nigerian audience.Also, one of the biggest strengths of sports is that it spikes commerce within a country. If we get sports right, people will travel in different directions across the country weekly to compete, boosting business for airlines, hotels, local transportation, eateries, SMEs etc. A sane man, for instance, cannot dress up in Kano, tell his wife he is flying to Lagos on Medview Airlines to lodge at Eko Hotel because he wants to watch Real Madrid take on Barcelona on TV, but he would do this if he were a die-hard supporter of Kano Pillars and they had a massive game against MFM FC in the NPFL.Imagine 50,000 people descending on the National Stadium to watch a big local game: the food and drinks they would consume, the merchandising items sold, the boost to transportation, the business for banks, etc. That is what business the failure in our sports industry costs us today and that is what they gain from us in Europe. Oil will soon be yesterday’s news and we need to grow new industries at home. This is not the time to continue pouring money overseas, this is the time for thinking business people to stand up and create value within or go the way of oil.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It is simply suicidal for any people to reason like this. My argument was that the money fans spent on sports entertainment comes from what the economist or marketing man would call disposable income: that sum available to the individual to invest, save or spend after paying their taxes. It is the money we spend on our rents, phone credit, food, school fees, cable television and data subscriptions etc. The more of your disposable income you spend in Nigeria and local businesses, the wealthier society is. The more of it you spend overseas, the poorer our local businesses – many of whom entrench the EPL in our popular culture, and society, are.With our major source of income in Nigeria still being oil, and the global oil industry in a bind, it follows that life has become tough for us. WE ARE IN A RECESSION and to get out of it, it is important that we as Nigerians drastically cut down what proportion of our disposable income we ship overseas so we can create wealth within. Suppose our big advertisers instead focus on sponsoring the Nigerian Professional Football League and other sports, and by so doing boost the quality of local sports, won’t society become richer and their businesses stronger? I n the first part of this write-up last week I talked about the rather shocking report on CNN that, after London, Lagos was the city with the highest sale of Arsenal jerseys in the world. I had a huge problem with how people in a poor sub-Saharan African country hit by recession could still be draining billions from their economy, and pumping this money into the British economy, in the name of entertainment. In my calculations, after taking into consideration the TV rights for the English Premier League, for which we pay over N20b annually to DSTV, and adding the money spent on sponsorship, football tourism and the acquisition of merchandising items, we pay close to N50b annually for this toxic entertainment. Experienced sports journalist Lolade Adewuyi, writing in the Guardian on August 04, referenced research conclusions that claimed that Nigeria’s top 15 brands would spend $343m (N124b) on European football sponsorship and activations between 2016 and 2019. This figure makes mine look very conservative as it does not include what fans pay in TV subscriptions, sport tourism and the acquisition of merchandising items.last_img read more

Men’s and women’s track excels at home ‘Open’

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s track teams had excellent performances at the Badger Open this past Saturday, as both teams worked in preparation for the Big Ten Indoor Championships that will take place this weekend.The Badgers showcased their talent and competed against athletes from UW-La Crosse, North Central, Augustana and Beloit. Wisconsin fared well in the Badger Open, which was highlighted by some outstanding individual efforts by two skilled hurdlers.On the women’s side, Egle Staisiunaite won the 60-meter hurdles by posting a final time of 8.71 seconds. Staisiunaite, a sophomore from Downers Grove, Ill., remained undefeated at home with her victory in the event this past Saturday. The holder of UW’s fourth fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles, Staisiunaite will look to continue her success and build on her strong performance in the Badger Open. On the men’s team, standout hurdler Nate Larkin posted another strong performance, winning the 60-meter hurdles for UW. Larkin, a sophomore from Glenn Ellyn, Ill., ran away with the event, leaving his opponents far behind as he crossed the finish line.“Nate’s last four races have been the best of his life,” men’s head coach Ed Nuttycombe said to “He is hurdling with confidence and he continues to get sharper each week.”Larkin blew away the competition and was able to capture a new personal-best time of 7.87 seconds in the event. Although the hurdlers were exceptional in the Badger Open, Paul Annear, a redshirt freshman jumper from Richland Center Wis., provided the greatest excitement of the day. His best high jump, which cleared 6 feet 11 3/4 inches, brought the crowd to its feet, while vaulting Annear to the UW record books. Annear now sits at a tie for 10th all-time with his new personal best in the high jump.Nick Toon and Kyle Jefferson, both wide receivers from the UW football team, competed at a high level in the meet. Head football coach Bret Bielema and wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander were on hand to watch the wide outs display their abilities on the track. Toon ran the 60-meter dash and came out victorious in the end with a time of 7.08 seconds. After finishing fourth in the prelims, Toon was able to improve his time by a 10th of a second and win a compelling race in the finals. Jefferson ran well in his event, the 300-meter dash, and was finished in second place.In the throwing events, Jake Fritz and his sister Rebecca, who hail from Milwaukee, came away winners. Jake won the men’s shot put, reaching a distance of 16.44 meters. Rebecca, on the other hand, won the women’s weight throw by reaching a distance of 14.96 meters. Sophomore Rayme Mackinson also contributed to the team’s success with a resounding win in the long jump“Several guys are breaking out at the right times in their respective events, and it’s a reflection of their work ethic day in and day out,” Nuttycombe said to read more

2015 AFCON: Referee Lamptey and Malick selected

first_imgGhana’s leading referee, Joseph O. Lamptey and assistant referee Malick Alidu Salifu have finally made into the list of 48 referees and assistant referees for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.The list comprises of 44 officials – referees and linesmen – picked across the continent.Referees: Aboubacar Mario Bangoura (Guinea), Ali Lemghaifry (Mauritania), Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia), Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia), Bernard Camille (Seychelles), Bouchaib El Ahrach (Morocco), Mohamed Hussein El Fadil (Sudan), Eric Otogo Castane (Gabon), Gehad Grisha (Egypt), Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar), Janny Sikazwe (Zambia), Joseph Lamptey (Ghana), Juste Zio (Burkina Faso), Koman Coulibaly (Mali), Maguette N’Diaye (Senegal), Malang Diedhiou (Senegal), Mohamed Said Kordi (Tunisia), Mehdi Abid-Charef (Algeria), Neant Alioum (Cameroun), Noumandiez Doué (Côte d’Ivoire), Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius), Victor Gomes (South Africa).Linesmen: Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria), Aboubacar Doumbouya (Guinea), Angesom Ogbamariam (Eritrea), Anouar Hmila (Tunisia), Balkrisna Bootun (Mauritius), Djibril Camara (Senegal), El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal), Evarist Menkouande (Cameroun), Hassan Egueh Yacin (Djibouti), Jean-Claude Birumushasu (Burundi), Jerson dos Santos (Angola), Malick Alidu Salifu (Ghana), Marwa Range (Kenya), Oamogetse Godisamang (Botswana), Peter Edibe (Nigeria), Redouane Achik (Morocco), Songuifolo Yeo (Côte d’Ivoire), Tahssen Abo El Sadat (Egypt), Theogene Ndagijimana (Rwanda), Waleed Ahmed Ali (Sudan), Yahaya Mahamadou (Niger), Zakhele Siwela (South Africa).last_img read more

Congressman says he wants answers about Iowa plant outbreak

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack says he’s “deeply concerned” about a report showing that the first known coronavirus outbreak at an Iowa meatpacking plant was far more severe than the state publicly acknowledged.Loebsack wrote a letter to Gov. Kim Reynolds requesting information about the state’s response to the outbreak at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Columbus Junction.The letter came two days after The Associated Press reported on documents showing Tyson officials told safety inspectors on April 30 that 522 employees were known to be infected.A dozen were hospitalized and two died. But at a May 5 news conference, the Iowa Department of Public Health said that only 221 workers at the plant had tested positive.last_img

Dean Retains His Westwood Crown

first_img England A squad player Joe Dean set a tournament record to retain the Lee Westwood Trophy at Rotherham Golf Cup last night. The 20-year-old Lindrick star led from the start in the 72-hole world-ranking event and never looked like relinquishing his grasp on the silverware he won last year. His record score of 266 was one shot lower than previous best set by Gary Wolstenholme in 2008 which was some achievement considering the blustery conditions on a tough course. His 12-shot margin of victory over England A squad teammates Robert Burlison of Oxley Park and Meltham’s Jamie Bower summed up Dean’s play over the week. Never over par, his four rounds of 67, 64, 65 and 70 included a low that was only 2 off the course record. The 20 year old said: “ I played steadily all week. The driver was working well and the putts dropped.” He started the final round yesterday afternoon 11 shots ahead at 14 under par but a bogey at the first tested his nerve. He steadied the ship with four pars and the four birdies that followed finally put the result beyond any doubt. Despite scoring two double bogies in the round he recorded five consecutive 3s on the back nine. “I was probably a bit too relaxed at the start of the final round which is why I started with a bogey. But I stuck to my game and continued to be aggressive because it had worked all week.” Dean a +2 handicapper at the start of the tournament, has set himself the ambition of reaching the 2015 Walker Cup squad before considering turning professional. “I will definitely remain amateur next year but will be looking for a quick start and hope to get a sniff at the Walker Cup but it will not be the all and end all if I don’t make it.” The Lee Westwood Trophy is one of England’s top amateur events held annually at Rotherham Golf Club. This year was the 10th event and was competed by a full field of 141 players from all over the UK. It also attracted players from Abu Dhabi, Hong Hong and two young men Chen Chen and Sen Cao who had travelled from China with their coach David Watson for their first experience of UK golf. For further information contact Andy Waple at Driving Golf, 15 Aug 2014 Dean Retains His Westwood Crown last_img read more